Two government departments have approached the owners of the former Bunnings building site on Bathurst road about moving there.
The managing director of Sentinel Property Group which owns the Orange Homemaker Centre, including the old Bunnings building, Warren Ebert said there had been interest from a range of parties over the building.
“We are talking to two government departments,” he said.
“You get an enquiry from the property department, they don’t give any detail.”
Mr Ebert said he had previously been in discussion with an automotive dealer but that had not progressed.
“We have interest, there are people who want to come to Orange.”
He said the building had a lot to offer being in good condition and with a lot of car parking.
Mr Ebert, who visited the site this week, said a furniture retailer currently operating in Bathurst had signed a contract to take over the old Sam’s Warehouse building in the complex.
“They will be starting the fit out soon.”
And he said an existing furniture retailer at the site would expand into the building recently vacated by the Tables and Chairs Store.
“They’ve been there for a decade and they’ve just signed up for another 10 years.”
Mr Ebert said that many of the businesses at the Homemaker Centre were making profits and happy to be there.
He said that unlike a main street shopping centre it offered customers the chance to compare brands and products at several shops close together.
“People come to compare and [make] a major purchase,” Mr Ebert said.